Faculty Advisor

Krushkal, Julia S.

Faculty Advisor

Weathers, Pamela J.

Abstract

1-deoxy-D-xylulose-5 phosphate synthase (DXPS), a key regulatory enzyme in the nonmevalonate branch of the terpenoid biosynthetic pathway, is located in plastids. Sequence analysis of the DXPS and DXPS-like genes and signal sequences from multiple plant species included primary structure sequence alignments, common secondary structure features, and predicted hydrophobicity regions. The functional protein was found to be highly conserved, however the inferred gene trees did not resemble classical species trees. Although conservation of the signal sequence was not significant, there was similarity between hydrophobicity plots.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

January 2001

Major

Biotechnology

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Restricted-WPI community only

Advisor Department

Biology and Biotechnology

Advisor Program

Biology and Biotechnology

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